Area residents qualify for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Two Sulphur residents, Casey Martin & Shane Hanchey, have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, according to a news release from the competition.

This year’s rodeo is Dec. 6 through Dec. 15 in Las Vegas NV & will feature 10 nights of contestants from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association & Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

Up for grabs is over $6 million in prize money & world championships in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing & bull riding.

Hoping to leave Las Vegas NV with huge paychecks & world titles are Martin, a steer wrestler, and Hanchey, a tie-down roper.

Martin enters the competition in seventh place with $71,055, while Hanchey is in eighth with $79,215 in normal season earnings in their specific events.

Martin & Hanchey are two of four contestants representing Louisiana. Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, of Heflin, & steer wrestler Gabe LeDoux, of Kaplan, will moreover compete.

According to a news release from the competition’s organizers, to compete at the WNFR, contestants had to be among the top 15 in the world standings. They traveled across the U.S., paying their own entry fees & expenses, hoping to earn enough money to be among the elite athletes in that advance to rodeo’s championship event.

Each contestant will compete in 10 individual rounds which will pay the winner $18,257. On Dec. 15, their total scores & times will be added together for average placings. First place in in that category will win $46,820 & a saddle as the WNFR champion.

World championships are determined by adding a contestant’s WNFR & normal season earnings together. Those champions have the esteemed honor of wearing the traditional gold buckle in that signifies they are the world’s best in the sport of rodeo.

Hanchey is this week’s KPLC Sports Person of the Week. Tune in at 6 p.m. Wed. to see in that story.

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